Monday, June 26, 2017

How to Wear : Culottes

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For me, the best fashion is the kind that marries comfort & effortless style! Culottes may not seem enticing at first given the sometimes, awkward length and Indian body types but I swear there are some hacks that can make them your summer/monsoon essentials. I even think that they make a great travel staple and I wore so many throughout  my Spain trip! They are comfy and verstaile which is exactly why they have currently replaced my stack of denim and trousers! Try a monotone pair to ease into this trend in case you're too scared of the prints. For me though, printed culottes are a favourite. Stripes, floral prints, tribal inspired prints, I've got one of each! So here are the 7 ways in which I find styling culottes the most flattering and easy!

1) With a Fitted White Tee
A complete no brainer yet something that gets ignored for being too simple is a white tee! A well fitted white tee or shirt tucked into the rather shapeless culottes can help balance the silhouette with ease. It will accentuate your waist and you can even pair it with any printed culottes! Pair it with statement sunglasses and earrings to add more polish. photo styldrv_3829_zpswh95pizi.jpg

2) With an Outerwear piece
I love this trick because it instantly makes this casual style of pants appear more put together or formal. A well fitted Blazer, a crochet shrug or even a sleeveless vest, any of these would work and will take you from plain jane to yes ma'am!  photo styldrv_6435_zpszqfqqbkb.jpg

3) With a Peplum style top
Now this is something I recently tried out & I think it worked rather splendidly. Wearing a peplum style top could work for all body types too! If you're on the skinny side, it can help add some curves and if you're already blessed with curves, adding a belt can help you accentuate that further. Don't be afraid of mixing prints and colours! photo styldrv_7856_zpsniz8tiqj.jpg

4) With a Slogan Tee
A simple pair of black culottes is a good place to start. I sometimes go one size up from my usual size because I like mine to flow more and fit less. Recently my go to look has been a pair of black culottes with comfy slogan tee's. Simple, chic and effortless, this look is easy to throw on and also let's me amp up the accessories! photo styldrv_7137_zpsmgdgpbaa.jpg

5) With a Shirt
This is yet another easy peasy trick! Pairing a culotte with a shirt can go quite wrong if you don't use a belt or pair it with a super well fitted shirt. For me, I like pair it with shirts that fit better that my waist and flow out at my hips. If I'm going to use a regular shirt, I just add a was it belt. You could even open the bottom three buttons of your shirt and tie it up into a knot! photo styldrv_3601_zpsqqw1afrx.jpg

6) With a Cropped top
Last minute dinner or drinks plan? Cropped tops and culottes for the win! Culottes are high waisted making it easier to pair it with cropped tops. Cropped tops also add that sexiness that this otherwise boxy bottom wear lacks! photo styldrv_7945_zpszk4ysh9f.jpg

7) With an Off shoulder top
Off shoulder tops and cold shoulder tops are here to stay so why not pair these two fun trends together. The key to rock this look without a glitch is choosing either cropped versions or neatly tucking the lose end of the top into your culottes. I love this look because it makes me feel like I'm on a holiday. Just something about off shoulders and flowy things! photo styldrv_1165_zpsf1rruyev.jpg

So don't be afraid and try on one of these looks today! Also comment below and tell me which one these looks is your favourite. 


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Friday, June 23, 2017

One For All

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Jumpsuit- French Connection on Amazon Fashion, Earrings- Accessorise on Amazon Fashion, Shoes- Steve madden, Sunglasses- Rayban on Amazon Fashion| Location- D:OH all day


Whoever invented the jumpsuit was a sheer genius. Minus the time when you need to empty your bladder, this piece is everything you need when you can't decide what to wear or even when you're all set to make a statement. Easy to grab, easy to style, and if you have a monotone one, be assured that not only is it always going to be flattering but these things never go out of fashion! With a few minor upgrades in silhouettes and changes in prints or colours, every season you'll find the high street stores as well as the luxury boutiques well stocked with jumpsuits. This season, the culottes are having  their moment so why not rock a jumpsuit in a similar silhouette? 

This army green one was a great find on Amazon Fashion. It's from French Connection so the quality is beyond phenomenal. The cut, the colour, the fit, it just seemed like the right item to invest in! And you know what's better? It's currently selling at 60% off because of the Wardrobe Refresh Sale on amazon which is on from today, 23rd June to 25th June only! With over 3 lakh styles and every brand you could think of on board, it's the best opportunity to stock up some trendy pieces as well as some good old basics. Infact, I even shared my list of top 10 products in the last blog post, in case you'd like to take a short cut!

I love shopping in the sale but I find stepping into stores rather overwhelming during this time! And when you can avoid the crazy Mumbai traffic, constantly brushing shoulders with someone or even those never ending trial room and billing lines and yet grab the best bargains, then why not? For the next two days, you can grab clothes, accessories, fine jewellery and shoes for 50-80% off on Amazon Fashion! You can literally get this entire look I'm donning for less than Rs.10,000! So what are you waiting for? Grab it while it lasts!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Fresh New Wardrobe

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Outfit- Amazon, Bag- Givenchy

In the last blog post, I spoke about the tricks the I've used over the years to stop myself from spending aimlessly. Well, here's another one that didn't make it to that list! I've always been a sucker for a good deal because not only do I get to acquire that coveted item but getting a discount on it somehow makes it even more worthy! Every now and then, we need that fresh new wardrobe upgrade and no that doesn't mean that you switch it inside out, it just means maybe replacing those much used and faded basics or adding a nice new dress to the mix or maybe adding in some new accessories like a new watch or a hand bag! And what's a better time to do this but during a good sale?!

Amazon's Biggest fashion sale which starts from 23rd June for two days, has it all and I've been adding items to my cart since I found out! With 50-80% on brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Veromoda, French Connection, New Balance, Fossil, RayBan and over 3 lakh styles, this sale is definitely worth it! And because I'm nice, I'm sharing my list of the top 10 Things that I would pick from this sale to save you the endless hours of browsing!

1) The New Dress- Black and white? Check. Flattering cut? Check. Add to cart? Check.

2) The Sunglass Upgrade- I've recently seen every one from Kourtney Kardashian to my favourite blogger rock this style & I can't wait to finally get my hands on this!

3) The Favourite New Accessory- Well, they're back & how! And a tip to rock these, the bigger, the better!

4) The Trendy Find- I'm not a very huge fan of Polka dots but this is definitely up my alley & being on trend would just be another plus!

5) The Watch Crush- Navy blue dial, gold & the adorable star details! What's not to love in this?

6) The Travel Accomplice- Buying luggage is never a waste & getting one's in a rare colour is new venture of my mine! So when it's on sale, why not save your self some money and those extra minutes finding your suitcase on that conveyer belt?

7) The Workout Motivation- My mid-monsoon workout motivation to get to that much needed Zumba session!

8) The Sneaker Love- The white sneaker trend is here to stay and I always need an upgrade!

9) The Gift- I love giving gifts to my loved ones but what I love more is getting an amazing deal while I'm at it! It's my brother's birthday soon & I'm definite he would appreciate these!

10) The Spendy Purchase- I love simple band rings and the rose gold version of this made me add this to the cart! And you can even customise this to fit your budget!

Not only these, you could get your hands on a ton of different products at great deals from 23rd June to 25th June. And if I was you, I'd sign up for Amazon Prime and not only get VIP access to the sale but also get an additional 20% off! I hope my list helped you get some ideas! Happy Good Deals to you! 


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Monday, June 12, 2017

5 Tips to Save your Moolah

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Let's be honest, not all of us are born with a silver spoon in our mouths or down our throats! Some of us have to work hard to achieve every little thing that we want in life. I come from a very normal, urban middle class family, who has taught me the value of money since the day I could remember! Maybe thats why I wasn't the child crying at Hamley's for a new toy every week but instead I was the one who would be happy with a softie for a few weeks until it's time to actually get a new toy. And till date, that value is ingrained in me. I know for many in this city, money is something he/she is born with. And no, thats not wrong. It's the misuse of money that angers me. Do you need that top in 5 colours? Do you HAVE to shop every time you go to Dubai? Do you HAVE to go to Dubai every time you get a weekend off? I know as a blogger, I vouch for consumerism so here's my attempt at balancing it out! Here are 5 tips that I've used over the past 7 years of being financially independent to save up for the more important things in life like a home or big-small things like my Chanel Boy Bag.

1) Saving as a Habit
Many of us probably have a bank account by the age of 18. I know I insisted that I get my own account so that I could deposit my cheques and keep a track of what I was spending on. What I didn't do until 22 is, open a fixed deposit account. Having a fixed deposit or investing your money in mutual funds can help you save a decent amount of money over the years. It's a good way of putting away a certain amount of your moolah to restrict you in your spending. You could be saving for that much needed holiday, a gorgeous new handbag or even a car. No matter how big or small your goal is, this will certainly help you in moving towards it! And over the years, if you actually don't end up using that money, you will start to appreciate the interest it's bringing you. I once read  this and think it's so true, "You aren't utilising your money well until you're making money even while you sleep."

2) Rationalise for a minute
Now this is a thing that even I sometimes get swayed away from. Being a fashion blogger or just someone who has a keen interest in fashion and beauty, every month I end up accumulating things I probably don't even need. I remember, a couple of years ago, I used to buy something new every week. Zara had just opened it's doors to Mumbai and no one could stop me from visiting every Thursday (which a little birdie told me is when they update their weekly stock). But as my bank account was depleting and my wardrobe suffocating, I realised that maybe I don't need everything I think I do. It took me a while, but practice makes perfect. Every time I walked into a store and picked up something from the rack, I tried to run it through a mental check list. Do I already own something similar? Does this look good on me? Do I really need this? If the answer to any one of these questions was negative, I'd skip the item immediately. I know that online shopping has made curtailing even harder, but you have to try to rationalise if you want to fly to The Bahamas next year! Maybe you can shop there? Just kidding.

3) Emailers & Messages
I swear to god, the other day I just googled the word earrings and right after that, all the ads on my Facebook or any account would just show me websites to buy earrings! In this day and age of crazy advertising, it's sometimes hard to look away! And of course this kind of advertising is unavoidable, but those emailers and messages you get for new collection updates and sales, you can totally get rid of. Not only are they filling up your Junk mail folder but it's just unnecessary. I mean yes, I wanted those Nike shoes last week and I placed an order and got them! But why do I now need to know of the options that Puma has or even that the shoes I bought for Rs.5999 last week are now Rs.3999?! I have made a conscious effort to unsubscribe to these emailers & messages and trust me, it really helps you to buy when you need and not when they need you to!

4) Be a Goal Digger
I know that every day at least one blogger's caption in your feed talks about how 'travelling the world' was their childhood dream! Well, who wouldn't want that? I know I would! And even though I've been lucky enough to get chances to travel through my work, I always aim to save up for that one good holiday every year! It's something that I've never taken for granted and that I know will keep me motivated and my efforts unadulterated through the year. But honestly, your goal could be as small as a holiday with your husband or friends, a gift you may want to buy yourself or for a loved one, or it could be as big as saving up to start a small business or pay your rent or home EMI's! It's always good to have that one point in focus and you'll realise, the more you do that, every thing else will automatically become out of focus. 

5) Eating Out
Okay now this I know will be quite a debated topic. I'm not saying don't eat out or order the cheapest pizza to save some bucks! I'm saying, do you really need wine with that? Or do you really even need fries with that? Not only does making a conscious decision like this help you keep your health in check but it also saves you a lot of money! My dad is a Chartered Accountant by profession and he always insists I save all my bills for taxes and just general records. One year, I was going through my food bill folder and I swear, I could have flown around the world with the amount of money I had wasted on eating crappy shit. Half of it was just Starbucks! So, I know it seems trivial, but you have to start somewhere because every drop, makes an ocean. 

I know that many of you guys are between the age of 18-25 years and so I thought this would be something that may help you a bit! I know I used to love reading blogs like this to motivate me! And if you guys are more experienced and have any better tips of saving up, don't hesitate to leave a comment.


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Spanish Rendezvous


We recently took a 2 week trip to one of the largest countries in Europe and after weeks of planning, it turned out to be an incredible experience worth sharing! We toyed with the idea of either whizzing through different countries by visiting just one city or two in each or instead staying for 15 days in one country, embracing it's culture, mindsets and gorging on the delicious food! I am so glad that we chose the latter because honestly Spain is definitely a country that deserves it's own month or more! Being one of the largest European countries, it was a struggle to decide which coasts we wanted to explore and after much deliberation, we settled for 6 main cities/towns starting with Bilbao, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Ibiza, Valencia and finally Madrid. I was very keen on adding in Seville and Mallorca to the list but it just seemed unfair to attempt to cover so much in what started to seem like so little time. So we decided to leave the South coast for a later escapade!

For all our hotels and apartments, we used Booking.com. After looking up various options, we tried to pick properties with 3 main criterias to be met - close to the city centre, local transport friendly & rated highly by reviewers. We noticed that a lot of these cities had several privately owned properties besides the usual 5 star hotels. Quirky, cosy and eclectic was the vibe we were going for. We landed in Bilbao after a 15 hour journey and headed straight to our hotel Cosmov Bilbao. Situated close to the city centre and next to one the most well known architectures of Bilbao, The Guggenheim Museum, it was the most ideal location with pretty much everything we could cover in 2 days at a walking distance. We also opted not to take included hotel breakfasts anywhere because that would push us to get out earlier and try out the local restaurants and cafes which was probably one of the best decisions! If you're in Bilbao, you have to try the unlimited Pintxos bars and the delicious Spanish wines. Bilbao is located in the northern part of Spain also know as Basque Country and is fairly surrounded by mountains and gorgeous landscapes. But this also makes the weather rather unpredictable! But if you're doing a trip around Spain, I recommend you don't skip this one. Also, you must visit El Tilo for a scrumptious breakfast and mouth watering croissants, El Fuego Negra for some new age pintxos, Coppola for an authentic Italian meal and if you're a wine lover, do try out Rioja! That's all we drank all through our trip!

Our next stop was the stunning San Sebastian. I'll be honest, before I started doing my research, I had actually never heard anyone talk about this resort town located in the Bay of Biscay. A dream destination for anyone who loves laying on the beach, taking walks down the promenades or eating the most spectacular food. We were both pretty excited for this one and being just an hour's drive from Bilbao made this super accessible too! You can take a ALSA bus or rent a car, both are pretty easy to figure out. San Sebastian is a small town but most of it's touristy stuff is located in an even more constricted area by the coast. Our hotel was rather close to Playa de La Concha which is a gorgeous beach with a serene view and a promenade that comes alive as soon as the sun rises. Our first day was spent just walking around this small town which is easily accessible on foot! Grabbing the most delicious croissants, coffee and gelatos while we strolled around. If you thought you had the best Pintxos in Bilbao, think again! San Sebastian had even more pintxo bars than Bilbao and they were just phenomenal! We recommend Gandarias, Atari & Sirimiri for pintxos and wine, Borda berri for mind boggling cocktails and Quebec Krep'Herria if you're craving crepes! And if you're a fan of croissants, make sure your find El Cafetal before you leave! A tip, try and visit the city on a Saturday because the energy & vibe of the city is unmatchable! I also recommend taking a trip to the top of Mount Urgull for an unforgettable sight of the town.

Next we headed to one of the most talked about cities in the world, Barcelona! Taking a flight was the most convenient thing for us to do but if you have some extra time to spare, I've heard the drive down from San Sebastian to Barcelona is a rather picturesque one! At Barcelona we stayed at C211 Apartments which are luxury apartments located in the heart of the city. Compared to Bilbao and San Sebastian, this was of course a much bigger area to cover and we slotted 3 days for it! Needless to say the shopping and food are two major attraction for tourists minus the epic historic sights of course. We booked our tickets in advance for Sagrada Familia & Park Guell to avoid the endless lines. Our first thought was to skip going inside Sagrada Familia but honestly, it was such a captivating experience! So if you're in Barcelona, do spare an hour for this! We also used the TMB App to get around the town by bus. Of course you can hail cabs if you're in a hurry! A sunset walk by the Barceloneta beach & Port Olimpic is a must. There are endless number of restaurants and bars to visit but some that we recommend are Flax & Kale, Brunch & Cake, Caravelle for breakfast or brunches , Espit Chupitos (for shots),  Balthazar, La Rosa Negra (mexican food), Surf House or any of the local joints for some paella for lunch or dinner!

Spain is a beautiful country with so much history, culture and the most warm people. Learning a little Spanish or just the basic words is recommended specially for smaller cities and towns! I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Will do another one with our recommendations for Ibiza, Valencia and Madrid soon!


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Maharani Streaks

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Hair colour- Matrix, Outfit- Anita Dongre, Hair do- Disha Karia, Earrings- Just Jewellery, Juttis- Fizzy Goblet| Location- The Boston Butt

Being a destination bride may bring out a bridezilla in you that you never could have imagined! And while there maybe so many different elements that help you put together that perfect bridal look, hair is something that plays a rather vital role. And choosing the right hair colour is an absolutely essential decision! The colour and technique used can make a world of a difference. Just like makeup, even hair colouring can be played with using colour contouring, highlights, low-lights, strobing! All this can make a huge difference to your overall look and of course, put the spotlight on your best facial features too!

Hair is one thing that I have never shied away from experimenting with and despite the million things I may have already tried, there's always something new in the market with variations that look different every time. Recently I visited the L'oreal Academy to glance through the new Matrix's new Destination Bride looks. They introduced me to the 3 distinct looks catering to three main bride hair trends- The Maharani bride with a royal touch, The Boho Beach bride with a carefree vibe & The Ethereal Garden bride with of course that whimsical allure. Each look uses a family of amazing hues that bring out the best each of these brides. It was hard to choose one look but I was drawn towards the Maharani bride look because that was close to my own wedding look.

Be it your day to day life or that special occasion, I don't think any look can be complete without the mane being in place. Be it the styling, the cut or the colour. Hair is an accessory that can make or break any look. For me personally, I was rather particular about my hair during the wedding and went through every detail with my hairstylist much in advance. So many of you asked me about my hair colour back then and unfortunately I didn't know the exact shades! But this time around when the Matrix experts swirled their magic wand , I managed to get notes on all the shades for you!

I stepped into the Matrix salon at the academy and was quickly taken through the new shades. Once we decided to go with the Modern Maharani look, they choose three shades for me- 12.35, 7.3 & 5.3! A mix of highlights and low lights, they played around with me hair for close to 3 hours to finally come out with a stunning summer bride look. And because it turned our so stunning, I decided to create and up do and pair with an outfit so that you no longer had to imagine the look but could see the final cocktail yourself!

If you're a bride to be, I know exactly how chaotic life may seem right now. There are too many things to focus on and of course too little time. Hair with our a doubt is the new makeup and if you want to be camera-ready even with a bed head on those special days, these Destination bride looks are just for you! The colours may even help set a tone for your looks in case you're struggling to settle with one. You can check our more inspiration images on Matrix India's page!


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